Dairy champ a crowd-pleaser
A Cookernup dairy farmer has celebrated a return to the IGA Perth Royal Show cattle competitions with a win, securing the supreme senior champion all-breeds dairy female title.
Exhibiting at the Show for the first time since 2010, Albert Ieraci, of Ieravale Stud at Cookernup, won this year’s gong with Ieravale Steva Blackrose.
Competition judge Michael Hentschke, an Ayrshire cattle breeder from Glencoe in South Australia, said the cow’s chest depth and well-balanced stance had made it a crowd-pleaser.
Mr Hentschke also deemed Ieravale Steva Blackrose the grand champion female and senior champion cow during the class judging, with it standing out for “overall power” and “strength through the front end”.
Mr Ieraci praised the victory and said Ieravale Steva Blackrose, out of Ieravale Sanchez Blackrose, was an impressive Holstein Friesian.
“It was a pretty quick decision to enter, so we probably didn’t get the entries as tip-top as we wanted to get them,” he said.
“If you’ve got a good cow you have to have a go at the Royal — she’s a good cow.”
Mr Ieraci’s Ieravale Freeze Sharlene was also sashed the supreme intermediate champion all-breeds dairy female.
Broselinda Park stud principals Wayne and Belinda Owston, of Donnybrook, enjoyed a stellar competition, with Broselinda Park Jellybaby crowned the supreme junior champion all-breeds dairy female.
The couple’s daughter, Bridgette Owston, handled Broselinda Park Jellybaby in the class judging.
Mr Hentschke said Broselinda Park Jellybaby’s power, strength and depth were major contributing factors in the win.
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